The Understanding of Suffering and Evil in Teilhard de Chardin’s Theory of Evolution

Františka Jirousová

The topic of the paper is the concept of suffering and evil in the Christian theory of evolution of Teilhard de Chardin. The origin of suffering and evil is connected with the evolutionary phase of transformation and chaos. The paper explains Teilhardʼs opinion that, whereas death and disharmony are natural in the universe and they can even have a positive significance in evolution, evil, on the contrary, is unnatural, arises from an unmanaged stage of transformation, its main motivation is fear and feeling of humiliation, and its consequence is a breakdown of relationships. In conclusion, Teilhardʼs understanding of the cross as a symbol of evolution is explained.